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20th March 2001

GN Netcom chooses RTX Telecom as preferred partner for Bluetooth(tm) enabled products

  • RTX Telecom to supply Bluetooth(tm) technology to GN Netcom's second generation Bluetooth(tm) products
  • RTX Telecom to be positioned as preferred partner for GN Netcom's Bluetooth(tm) products
  • GN Netcom to strengthen its position as provider of hands-free Bluetooth(tm) solutions

GN Netcom, a world leader in hands-free communications technologies, and RTX Telecom, a world leader in turn-key development of wireless communication solutions, today announced that GN Netcom has chosen RTX Telecom as a preferred development partner for the next generation of wireless Bluetooth(tm) hands-free solutions. The agreement is a milestone for both RTX Telecom and GN Netcom in delivering world class products within Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology and hands-free solutions.

GN Netcom launched its first generation wireless Bluetooth(tm) headset in September, 2000 and is now further enhancing its world leading position in wireless hands-free communication, leveraging RTX Telecom's unique knowledge in the Bluetooth(tm) technology.

"GN Netcom was first on the market with a commercially available Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology headset. With this agreement we are now moving fast towards our second generation Bluetooth(tm) product, exploiting the vast market and technological experience GN Netcom has gained through its first generation Bluetooth(tm) products", stated Niels B. Christiansen, President and CEO, GN Netcom. "This underscores GN Netcom's position as the definite world leader in wireless hands-free communications", Christiansen added.

"This agreement demonstrates RTX Telecom's strong position in Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology and is leveraging our successful technology platform into new market areas for RTX Telecom. We are very excited that GN Netcom has chosen RTX Telecom as its preferred development partner for future Bluetooth(tm) products", stated Jørgen Elbæk, President and CEO, RTX Telecom.

Neither company expects significant revenue or earning impact in 2001 as a consequence of the agreement.

About Bluetooth(tm)
The Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology is aimed at allowing users to make effortless fast connections between various communications devices, such as headsets, mobile phones and desktop & notebook computers. The sophisticated mode of transmission adopted in the Bluetooth(tm) Specification ensures protection from interference and seeks to ensure security of data. The Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology operates on a globally available frequency band intended to ensure communication compatibility worldwide. Over 2000 industry-leading companies worldwide support the Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology and the sales of Bluetooth(tm) enabled products are expected to reach considerable volumes. 

About RTX Telecom
RTX Telecom is a world leader in design-and-development solutions focused on
the rapidly growing market of wireless communication equipment. RTX Telecom has occupied a leading position within the application of wireless DECT technology for some years, and has now also manifested the same position as regards the Bluetooth(tm) and CDMA technology. RTX Telecom reported a turnover of DKK 168 million during its last fiscal year, and currently employs a staff of about 200 people. For more information, contact President and CEO Jørgen Elbæk at RTX Telecom, at +45 9632 2300, or visit

About GN Netcom
GN Netcom is a world leader in hands-free communications technologies. By
working in close partnership with customers, GN Netcom has become a leading provider of high-quality headsets, microphone arrays and related products and offers a state-of-the-art product line for both corded and wireless hands-free solutions. GN Netcom products are sold worldwide through specialty distributors, retailers, catalogers, supply houses and dealers, under the brand names GN Netcom, and Liberation. GN Netcom also provides OEM products to familiar brand name companies. For more information, contact GN Netcom, at +45 7211 8686, or visit

About GN Netcom Group
The GN Netcom Group is a leading provider of hands-free communications solutions. The group consists of three companies: GN Netcom, a leading provider of hands-free communications products to the call center, office and PC applications markets; JABRA, the foremost provider of innovative hands-free products for the mobile consumer market; and Hello Direct, a leading business-to-business direct marketer of hands-free telephony and equipment interface solutions.

Founded in 1987, the GN Netcom Group has facilities on four continents, and its products are sold in more than 75 countries worldwide. The GN Netcom group is part of GN Great Nordic, a Danish-based technology group, traded on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (Reuters: GNTC.CO; Bloomberg: TELN DC) and the London Stock Exchange. For more information about the GN Netcom Group, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Jørgen Elbæk 
President & CEO
RTX Telecom
Tel.: (+45) 9632 2300

Niels B. Christiansen
President & CEO
GN Netcom
Tel.: (+45) 7211 8686

The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson, Sweden.

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